Recently Awarded Grants

Fiscal Year 2005 / Mini Grants: November

Floyd Valley Middle School, Alton
Fax Gilbert Residency

Students will study character development, mime and the power of nonverbal communication with artist Fax Gilbert. Gilbert and core groups will present a final performance for students, parents, and the community on Friday, April 15, 2005.


Ottumwa Area Arts Council
Three Men and a Tenor

Three Men and a Tenor will perform a school residency and evening concert in Ottumwa on Dec. 2. This high energy a cappella group will perform an assembly to approximately 200 fine arts students, host a workshop for 45 vocal students and perform an evening concert which will include students.


Bluffs Area Arts Council, Council Bluffs
Holiday Concert

The Bluffs Arts Council will host a Holiday Concert featuring the Iowa Western Community College Jazz Ensemble with vocalist Boyd Littrell on Dec. 9.


Roundy Elementary, Columbus Junction
MOLA Project at Roundy Elementary

The MOLA Project at Roundy Elementary is a project to education both Anglo and Hispanic communities about Latin American culture and traditions using music, the visual arts, geography and literature. Karin Stein and Edgar East are Latin American artists in residence for this project.


Cedar Rapids Community School District
“Grant Wood: Music Reflecting Art”

“Grant Wood: Music Reflecting Art” gives teens the opportunity to explore the common language between visual art and music while examining the work of regional artist Grant Wood. New music inspired by Wood’s “American Gothic” is the centerpiece of a five-day residency at Jefferson High School. Students will be prepared to view the original “American Gothic” which will be in Cedar Rapids in September, 2005. The school will hire rostered Iowa artist Jan Boland, flutist and John Dowdall, guitarist, to meet with art and design classes in grades 9-12.

Paul B. Sharar Foundation for Clinton Campus
Clinton Community College High School Communication Day

Clinton Community College HS Communication Day is an event with Clinton Community College and the Sharar Foundation in which regional artists and communications professionals will offer “High School Communications Day” to 12 area high schools. Each student will attend four different sessions including Fiction Writing, Poetry, Playwrighting, Getting Published, News/Journalism Issues, and Photography and Visual Communication.


University of Dubuque
“Interface: Word and Image”

The University of Dubuque and Carnegie-Stout Public Library will host “Interface: Word and Image” on Sunday, April 3, 2005 at 3 p.m. The event will include the debut of the student literary/visual arts magazine; the third annual art exhibit; presentations by Ann Pelelo and Anan Garfield; and readings and gallery talks by students.


Mormon Trail Chamber and Development Corp., Humeston
“Grant Wood: Prairie Rebel”

“Grant Wood: Prairie Rebel” is a play written by Cynthia Mercati, with an emphasis on theatre and art history as well as Iowa history. Tom Milligan, award-winning professional actor, portrays Grant Wood in the 45-minute one-man play presented through the Iowa Touring Theatre Co. He chats with the audience as if talking to an old friend across the back fence. As Grant Wood, he tells about his life, and uses moments and memories to tell the world about Iowa and its people and how his work would change the art world forever.